Role in the series
In this episode, Kitendo and his mate Fikiri are only seen in flashbacks.
In the first flashback, Makini remembers that she had so much fun at the river with her parents. When Fikiri notices Kitendo feeling cold in the water, she tells him to test the water to see if it is just right or cold before diving in. In the water, she tells Kitendo and Makini that whenever they take a bath in the river, they should never feel afraid to be cold to which her mate tells the two to do it his way.
In the second flashback, Makini recalls that she spent time with her parents when she was at the oasis the last time in which she explains to Beshte that they told her she might be a Royal Mjuzi when she gets older. Kitendo then tells Makini that spending time in the oasis' water is more fun, in which his mate Fikiri tells him that following the path without water leads to the Tree of Life to which Fikiri explains to her daughter that Rafiki would like to meet her. After Fikiri explains to Makini about the Royal Mjuzi, Makini's parents then explain that she will always be their daughter unless Makini can explore on her own when she gets older.
In the third flashback, Kitendo and Fikiri tell their daughter that when they look back where they've been to, they can learn, even from their mistakes. Kitendo and his mate then sing to Makini to let her learn from the past of what she did so that she can learn more in the future. He and Fikiri take Makini to the Tree of Life where they present her to Rafiki and Janna in the area.
In this episode, Kitendo is finally seen not in a flashback along with his mate Fikiri.
Kitendo and his mate attend Kion and Rani's wedding while seeing his daughter as the Royal Mjuzi of the Tree of Life.
Kitendo is in good terms with his mate by giving him good advice to keep moving so that his family doesn't forget to look back.
In the episode "Journey of Memories", Kitendo shows kindness to his daughter Makini in the flashbacks.
Kitendo is in good terms with Rafiki and Janna who meet the mandrill family outside the Tree of Life when he and his mate take Makini to meet Rafiki.
- Kitendo means "think", "ponder", "consider", or "reflect" in Swahili.
- Kitendo has the same voice actor as Shujaa. Coincidentally, both characters are primates.
- Not to mention, Kitendo's voice actor initially understudied for the late Jason Raize in the role of Simba in the original Lion King musical, and would officially take the role in 2000.